Political Molas

In the early 1960s, Panamanian politicians began soliciting Guna voters quite seriously. They came to Guna Yala to give speeches — and colorful posters were distributed, each one featuring the face of a candidate. These posters inspired Guna women to create molas replicating the political imagery. Many of these political molas had a light-hearted charm — the candidates became fun cartoon characters rather than serious demagogues.

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